Soap-stone

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Soap-stone a soft kind of magnesian rock having a soapy feel, also called Steatite
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sápe; Dut. zeep, Ger. seife.

Usage

In literature:

They knelt on the broad stones by the edge of the water, chattering and singing, tossing the soap from one to another.
"Frances Waldeaux" by Rebecca Harding Davis
Everything bare as stone and soap could keep it.
"In the Bishop's Carriage" by Miriam Michelson
But Towns are not built of soap-froth; Lyons Town is built of stone.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
One could tell by the soap-stone lamps in the huts that famine was near.
"The Second Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling
She soaped the garments well, weighted them down with stones, and then went to join the boys.
"The Scotch Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
But the husband sat there, like a soap-stone Chinese monkey, greyish-green.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
He was much astonished when I told him that his gall-stones were merely pieces of soap.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
The minister stood upon a heated slab of soap-stone.
"Autumn Leaves" by Various
Piece of soap-stone used for moulding bullets.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
You wrop up my soap-stone while I git on my shawl.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
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In news:

It would take a heart of stone or zero tolerance for soap to resist Any Day Now, a full-throttle weepie about a West Hollywood gay couple trying to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome.
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